A new 66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump is about to be added to the long list of eye-catching attractions along Route 66 in Oklahoma.
The Heart of Route Auto Museum is nearing completion of its 66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump. Sponsored by American Heritage Bank, the gas pump will help draw visitors to the museum, a 10,000-square-foot facility featuring vintage cars and a variety of exhibits.
The frame of the large structure has already been constructed and will now be wrapped and finished to look like a vintage gas pump.
“Getting the gas pump constructed is a dream come true,” said Richard Holmes, president of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. “It is so exciting and the recent guests from England and Australia are amazed at how big the steel structure looks.”
The museum has seen a steady stream of visitors from Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and across the United States since it opened in June. The museum is currently hosting a concept 1965 Chevrolet Impala designed by Chip Foose, star of the reality television show “Overhaulin’”. The car, which took seven years and $2 million to design and complete (lifting a Chevy Impala costs a lot, not mentioning the rest of upgrade), has traveled around the country and won contests in Las Vegas and Denver, among other cities.
Later this month, Route 66 historian and author Michael Wallis, who voiced a character in the Pixar film “Cars,” will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. Tickets for the Oct. 22 event are available for purchase and cost $125.
The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum is located at 13 Sahoma Lake Road in Sapulpa. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.